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Fighting for My Life and the Love of the Game with Mark Herzlich

Mark Herzlich

In 2008, Mark Herzlich, was one of the best college linebackers in the country, an All-American, and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. After his junior year, at the very top of his game, Mark was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He was told by his doctors that he had as low as a 10% chance of survival and that his playing days were over, that he might not ever run again. He was just 21. 16 months after Mark was diagnosed, he was back on the field playing for Boston College and in another 16 months he had won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants. Mark played in 11 games, starting two at linebacker for the 2011 Super Bowl Team. Mark went on to play 7 seasons for the New York Giants and retired in 2018.

In May 2015, Mark married his college sweetheart Danielle, who is a retired Captain in the United States Army, New Jersey National Guard. Danielle, who was a victim of physical, mental and emotional abuse as a child, and Mark have made it their mission to end relationship violence. The couple are national board members, fundraisers, and constant volunteers for The Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to create a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. They are also national board members for A Call to Men, which works to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful, and where all women and girls are valued and safe. Mark and Danielle have spoken all over the country to schools, Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams and college teams, educating them on healthy relationships and healthy manhood.

In 2015, Mark also published his memoir titled, “What it Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game”. Mark currently works for ESPN as a college football analyst and is the founder and host of “The Superhero Dad Podcast.” The podcast works to inspire men to put their capes on when they walk in their front doors, not just when they walk out of them. Mark has two children and lives in New England with his family.

Mark’s life journey was a rough one, but he consistently talks about how his father was there for him through it all. As fathers, we can learn from this and try to create a realm of psychological safety for our children. They look up to us and open up to us. If we don’t make them feel safe, they will learn to hide their problems and seek help elsewhere. Being a present father in our children’s lives is something that we should never take for granted. Take Mark for example. If his father hadn’t been there to say, “Let’s do this,” he might have taken the wrong path that would have ended his career. The fact that his father was there throughout the entire journey and finally said, “We did it” shows the commitment Mark’s father demonstrated throughout his son’s life.

Take the time today to allow your children to come to you with any and everything. It’s such a gift to have your child feel safe enough to come and talk to you. It builds a bond and trust that you don’t find anywhere else in life.

What You’ll Learn: 

[6:59]

Mark recalls his childhood and what his family was like.

[11:20]

Mark talks about how his parents influenced him and his brother when they were younger.

[18:48]

Mark talks about the moment he decided he wanted to play football professionally.

[22:07]

Mark talks about when his professional football career finally took off.

[24:45]

Mark remembers the emotions he felt when he first heard his diagnosis.

[27:07]

Mark talks about his training schedule and what his first round of treatment looked like.

[34:45]

Mark talks about his father’s role in his treatment and how he helped him through it.

[38:12]

Mark talks about what happened at the end of his treatment.

[44:01]

Mark talks about the emotions he felt when he received the phone call that he was cancer free.

[45:32]

Mark talks about how he felt when his dad said, “We did it.”

[47:13]

Mark talks about his seven-year NFL career.

[47:30]

Mark talks about how he met his wife and how he created an environment of psychological safety for her.

[58:40]

Mark talks about the power of psychological safety.

[1:01:12]

Mark talks about what his family will be celebrating 20 years from now.

[1:04:12]

Mark talks about the things he is grateful for about his dad if his he were sitting in front of him.

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Mindset is the Key to Success with Vernon Fox III

Embracing Fear and Living Life to the Fullest with Sal Frisella


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Understanding How Food Impacts Our Lives with Barton Scott

Barton Scott

Barton Scott is a Chemical Engineer, Nutritionist, and founder of UpgradedFormulas.com. Barton is passionate about helping people combat the stressors of daily life, the toxicity of the modern world, the utter lack of nutrients, and the mineral absorption issues that we all face. He has made it his mission to reduce suffering by increasing the public’s understanding of the human body’s interrelationships.

Scott started his business, Upgraded Formulas, when he began to have short-term memory loss and brain fogginess. Scott, a Chemical Engineer, had a very sharp mind and was always on top of his game. However, when he started to experience brain fog, he knew something was up. It was after years of reading and research that Barton realized he was deficient in minerals. After performing multiple tests, he discovered a test that actually delivered meaningful results. Barton knew all the supplements he would have to take in order to remedy his problem. However, Barton knew that mineral supplements had trouble dissolving into the body. The purpose of Upgraded Formulas was to upgrade the mineral formulas, so they could better absorb into the body and produce astronomical results.

Using his background in Chemical Engineering and nutrition, Barton created mineral supplements that actually worked. The website provides an at-home hair test that you send in to the company, so they can test what minerals you are deficient in, and recommend a product for you. Barton’s research and knowledge is astounding and enlightening in our world today. We are so consumed with food, but we don’t realize that most of the foods we eat, don’t contain the minerals we need for health. Barton’s mission is to educate people to understand the purpose of how the food we eat affects our health, and what we can do to fix it.

What You’ll Learn: 

[2:39]

Barton introduces himself and talks about his journey.

[4:52]

Barton talks about his ADHD diagnosis and his decisions from there on out.

[9:16]

Barton tells us why physicians are so quick to handout medication to people with ADHD. You have to make your own health decisions when it comes to your body.

[10:08]

Barton talks about how important getting your nutrition aligned is and how we eat way more than we need to.

[16:16]

Medicine doesn’t fix everything.

[22:30]

Barton talks about the main deficiencies in children with ADHD and how packaged food isn’t adequately providing the nutrients they need.

[25:08]

Barton talks about what different vitamins and minerals the body needs.

[31:22]

Barton talks about how the food we eat affects our daily functions and deficiencies.

[37:00]

Barton talks about ED and its causes.

RELATED EPISODES:

Diets Suck: The Ultimate Blueprint on Enjoying Food and Getting Lean with Josiah Novak

Faster than Normal: Secrets of the ADHD Brain with Peter Shankman

Health is Wealth with Shawn Tolleson


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How to Become More Intentional with Your Time and Family with Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes is a husband, father, serial entrepreneur, and owner of 31 businesses. He came to this country illegally as a young boy and watched his mother struggle to take care of him and his 2 siblings. Carlos eventually gained citizenship and quit his corporate job in 2015 after 14 years. Reyes found his passion in real estate and pursued the dream of becoming the owner of a real estate investment company. Carlos’ mantra in life is being more intentional with your time in order to get the most out of life. 

There is an extreme importance in being intentional with your time, family, and moving with a purpose. You can’t just say your main priorities are your family, yet you don’t intentionally carve out time to spend with them. Children spell love like T-I-M-E. All children want is our time, and they feel the most loved when we give them it. They don’t care about how much money we make, or what we buy them. They just want our undivided attention in order to feel important.

What You’ll Learn: 

[5:02]

Carlos talks about the things he enjoys doing outside of work.

[6:31]

Carlos talks about how he recharges when he’s on vacations with his family. Being intentional is the most important aspect when it comes to family.

[15:18]

Reyes talks about the intentional time he carves out for his daughters.

[22:33]

Carlos talks about his childhood and how he, his mother, and his siblings came to America. You don’t have to have a father to be a great father.

[37:25]

Carlos talks about his birthmark.

[45:20]

Reyes talks about his core values his in marriage.

[51:47]

Carlos talks about what his family would be celebrating about 25 years from now.

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Creating a Family Culture of Connection

Finding Your Inner Strength Through Adversity Comes from Within with Ben Newman

How to Optimize and Integrate Your Mindset For a Fantastic Life with David Anderson


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How to Become the CEO of Your Life with Dan Doromal

Dan Dormal

Dan Doromal is a husband, father, and CEO of several businesses. Dan graduated with an Engineering degree; however, his main focus is on creating new businesses and marketing. Dan is a mastermind member of Dad Edge Alliance and shares some of his experiences in this podcast. He is the founder of Everest Ice and Water systems, which created a patent for a one moving part ice vending machine system. Dan has been married to his wife for 10 years, and they have a daughter and a son. Dan stresses the importance of becoming the CEO of your own life, whether it’s in your business, your marriage, your children, or even with yourself. It’s important to prioritize the things that are important to you when you’re trying to live legendary.

In this podcast, Dan recalls the lessons he’s learned throughout his marriage, the lessons he’s learned from his children, and the lessons he’s learned through creating several successful businesses. He gives advice to men that are behind him, and how they can best implement the CEO strategy into their lives. He also talks about what he would like to be celebrating at the end of the year, and all that he’s accomplished. Dan also talks about how it’s important to get on your child’s level and see the world through their eyes. It can sometimes change your entire perspective on life.

What You’ll Learn: 

[2:39]

Dan talks about an activity or hobby that he likes to do outside of work.

[9:19]

Dan talks about how long he’s been married.

[9:51]

Dan talks about the biggest thing he’s learned in his marriage.

[11:22]

Dan talks about what getting through difficult times in marriage looks like for him and his wife.

[22:24]

Dan talks about how things are changing in his life due to appreciative inquiry correlation.

[26:37]

Dan talks about what his perfect day off would look like.

[31:09]

Dan talks about what emotions he felt as he was writing his eulogy.

[38:30]

Dan gives advice to men who are 10-15 years behind him, just starting off their journey.

[41:35]

Dan talks about what he will be celebrating at the end of this year.

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How To Be Adaptable To Change as a Working Dad with Vaughn Kohler, Cohost of the MFCEO Project

The Holy Grail of Work-Life Balance with James Sudakow

Love Languages and Other Marriage Tips for the Pandemic with Gary Chapman


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The Psychology Behind Marriage and Relationships with Kevin Gilliland

Kevin Gilliland

Kevin Gilliland is a husband, father, and author, and licensed clinical psychologist. He is the executive director of Innovation 360, an out-patient counseling service that helps individuals and couples struggling with mental health, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Kevin is the author of Struggle Well. Live Well. – 60 Ways to Navigate Life’s Good, Bad, and In-Between. This book is told through the eyes of Kevin and his approach to going through life. The topics in the book range from simple things such as work-life balance, to heavier topics such as mental illness and addiction. Kevin’s podcast Struggle Well. Live Well. Worry Less. helps people overcome anxiety, worry, mental health, and how we can treat the things that lead to a worry free life.

There is a certain psychology that comes with marriage. Marriage is one of the most rewarding and unique relationships that we will ever have. It’s hard to be aware of things we’re focused on when we’re in it. Sometimes, we are blinded by emotional resentment; we need the other person to give us input on how we perform best and what we need to do to work on things. The great thing about our spouses is that they can act as a mental coach in our lives. They see the things that we can’t see because we are unaware of what’s happening. They also can give us the potential to unlock our best selves when they give us their outside perspective. This doesn’t mean that you need to be their coach or vice versa; this means that you can give them constructive reinforcement for things they can work on or things they are good at in order for them to better themselves. This is important to remember because we don’t want to damage the connection we have with our spouses. We want to elevate them, not mentor them.

What You’ll Learn: 

[6:58]

Kevin talks about how he got into psychology.

[12:32]

Kevin discusses emotional resentment in marriages. He answers the question, “What does it take to become the best man you can be?”

[18:25]

Kevin talks about the costs of doing something about a problem that arises in your marriage versus doing nothing about it.

[22:34]

Marriage is a never-ending series of difficult conversations. The more we do it, the better we get at it, and we start to see the results of it.

[25:11]

Kevin talks about the fear of addressing difficulties in marriage, and how some people would rather give up than face the problem head on.

[37:09]

Kevin discusses the common themes between couples who have a great relationship and those who have a mediocre relationship.

[44:35]

Kevin gives advice to men that are within their first seven years of marriage.

[47:51]

Kevin talks about quiet expectations in a marriage.

[54:55]

Kevin discusses the issue of couples getting too upset over the mundane things that are really covering up the larger issues that need to be addressed. You can’t get hung up in the details that don’t really matter.

[58:22]

Kevin talks about the problem with asking, “Why?” when there’s a problem because it doesn’t give any insight as to what’s wrong. The typical responses to why someone is feeling a certain why is “I don’t know,” “Yes,” or “No.”

[1:01:17]

Kevin talks about his resources.

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Marriage Partnership in Action

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